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make “all split,” A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM, i. 2. 24. A phrase which occurs frequently in our early dramas, expressing great violence of action (It is properly a sailor's phrase: “He set downe this period with such a sigh, that, as the marriners say, a man would haue thought al would haue split againe.” Greene's Neuer too late, Part First, sig. G 3, ed. 1611) .

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